GATOR AND MARY'S TRAVELING BAND by David Martin

GATOR AND MARY'S TRAVELING BAND

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Gator is not an alligator but a red-haired young man in overalls and sandals, presumably Mary's husband. But the title's suggestion of human-animal partnership proves true anyway, as Gator and Mary's farm animals work, play, and make music with the young couple in this city-country outing with a happy-hippie affability that refuses to mourn the Age of Aquarius. Invited to the city by their friend Duncan, who is black, beaded, and bell-bottomed, the farm crowd pack up their instruments in their tailgate truck. Soon Mary and the chickens are dancing with Duncan at a disco and then the whole gang is playing their ""Scrambled-egg Hustle"" at a Central Park concert with Duncan's rock group, The Cookie Crumbs. At the concert they are spotted by a big recording magnate who has them cutting a record the very next morning; but when the studio wants to send them on tour, they turn down the promise of fame and riches to return to the farm. The story's only serviceable, but Getz's cheerfully colored cartoons on the same beat could win you over; and the whole performance radiates good-natured energy.

Pub Date: Oct. 30th, 1982
Publisher: Dial